Today's News

  • Trojans lose in sectional title game

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick lost 66-28 in a sectional basketball title game Tuesday, March 3, to Wilson Hunt — a team that finished second at state last year.

    Josh Willingham, a 6-foot-5 center who scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the state title game, finished with 18 points against the Trojans. He scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Warriors took a 23-10 lead.

  • Trojans provided many thrills in 25-victory season

     SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick fell one victory short of returning to the NCHSAA Class 3A East Regional basketball tournament, but for Trojan coach Eric Davis, the 2014-15 season had many exciting moments. 

    “You have to rank it at the top of any season I’ve had,” he said. “It’s the second-most wins (25) I’ve had a coach. I had 28 wins one year at Hopewell. First time a conference championship since 1989. We lose in the conference tournament championship. We win two rounds in the state playoffs.”

  • OIB starts budget process at town board retreat

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials began the budget process for the next fiscal year at a daylong board retreat Thursday, Feb. 26.

    Police Chief Ken Bellamy proposed the town buy three new police cars in the next budget year, instead two as planned, to standardize the fleet of SUVs.

    “We have 10 cars now. I’m asking to replace three. We still have in the budget this year for two,” he said.

    Bellamy would also like to increase the patrol division’s number of four-wheel drive vehicles to seven for use on the beach.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 23

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

    Single-vehicle crash on U.S. 74/76 East near Riegelwood Credit Union resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 South and Olde Waterford Way resulting in property damage.

    Kendra Taylea Hewett was arrested on outstanding warrants.

    Feb. 24

  • Belville sets rules for livestock, exotic animals

    Belville officials changed town ordinances at the Feb. 23 town board meeting after an animal hoarding case was discovered last year.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz was arrested July 15, 2014, and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from her home near Belville.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services recovered 125 ducks, pigeons, chickens and other birds, 10 dogs and at least one cat.

  • Shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road readies for construction

    Preparation for a shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road is under way with plans to open a new grocery store in 2016.

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has begun clearing and readying the lot for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.

    The shopping center, which is part of Oak Island’s commercial district, will offer 90,000 square feet of leasable space with a new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods anchoring the development.

  • Towns draw mixed lines on pending ETJ legislation

    Pending state legislation that proposes doing away with municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions in North Carolina could be good or bad, depending on which town you’re talking to.

    House Bill 51, filed by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Concord, on Feb. 4, would eliminate all existing and future municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas statewide effective Jan. 1, 2016, with former ETJ areas becoming subject to county ordinances and regulations.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 25

    Aaron Albert Munching, 54, arrested on a felony breaking and entering charge and a misdemeanor charge of larceny from a motor vehicle.

    Larceny of gas by someone driving off without paying after pumping $20 worth of gas at Go Gas on Main Street.

  • Sex offender arrested at LMS

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy arrested a convicted sex offender at Leland Middle School on Thursday morning, Feb. 26.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Michael Pernell Wagner of Main Street, Navassa, is charged with felony sex offender on child premises. He was dropping off the child of a friend, according to a sheriff’s office news release.